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Believe it or not, this is the hardest column I have to write all year. Sure, there are times during the year that I can’t seem to find anything to write about, but something pops up.

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When one looks through a microscope, one sees a ‘small sample’ (i.e. the Big Spring School District) as opposed to when one uses a telescope to view a larger universe (all 499 school districts in PA). I recently attended the PA School Board Association state-wide conference where all 499 sch…

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Ed and I hunted pheasants last Wednesday and Thursday on Game Land 169 with only a few flushes, but decided to try again on Friday afternoon hoping the Game Commission might stock a few birds for the final stocking before Christmas.

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A family in Texas put their outdoor Christmas decorations up early this year because they’re expecting a baby around Christmas. They already have two little ones, and they want to make sure the children get to enjoy the holiday festivities because they know a new baby will take time away fro…

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Steve had a combine in our field the other day to shell the corn, and that night around midnight, some spotlighters drove up our lane looking for deer nibbling on kernels or corn left in the field after harvest. I don’t mind them spotlighting from the hard road, but our lane is a private dri…

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Most Pennsylvanians want to be left alone to live their lives without undue interference from the government.

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A fellow asked me the other day, “What happened to all the pheasants?” I thought about it a while before answering. He was a farmer, and I knew he had to make a living from his farmland. But, then again, much of the reason for the decline of Pennsylvania’s pheasant population was a combinati…

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True confession: I like those online “quizzes” that promise to tell us something remarkable about ourselves based on the answers we provide to a handful of questions.

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Sometimes the things I hear, see, or read make me shake my head and ask, “Is this for real?”

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I can’t wait any longer. I miss our fall and winter songbirds feeding at our feeders. I hear some cardinals calling from the fencerow, and sometimes see a dove or two in the phone wires. But with the colder weather settling in, the migrants from up north should be arriving, and we’d like to …

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When it comes to being frightened out of my wits intentionally, I choose “Just say no.”

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We drained the water from the storage tank on our little motorhome and emptied the cupboards of any liquids, such as dish soap, salad dressing and drinks from the refrigerator. We still need to pump RV antifreeze through the water lines and put what’s left from the last gallon down the sink,…

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Think fast – there’s been an accident. Do you know what to do if disaster strikes? Of course you do...call 911. Many of us have called it, and morning, noon or night, you can be sure someone will answer. We are blessed to live in a state where someone will answer, and help will come.

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I used to be really interested in understanding things. When I was in high school, I worked to understand the algebra problems so I’d end up with the right answer. Didn’t always conclude the way I would have liked, but I still wanted to understand so I could get a good grade.

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I filled three pages of my outdoor journal about our recent trip to Maine for grouse.

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It’s Dog Walk time! Can you believe it’s been 19 years? This year is our 19th annual Dog Walk and Contests, and I seriously do not know where the time has gone.

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Probably every home in the United States has at least one junk drawer. It’s the repository for all things left over after little projects or the place where you stash something you don’t need now, but may need at some point in the future.

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There’s a small stack of weathered cherry wood next to the garage, and I brought a cart load onto the porch the other morning.

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Like most kids growing up in the ‘50s, we didn’t have much money to buy shotgun shells or the clay targets needed to practice. Dad bought a clay target thrower and a box of targets, but only one box of shotgun shells for me to practice with.

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While the debate over climate change continues and probably will continue forever, I must admit that over the decades, I’ve been involved in some tree-hugger causes.

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Since its earliest days, I’ve been a fan of WITF, our “local” public television station. I haven’t always liked everything it offered, but enough of its programs continue to appeal to me that it’s always one of my top go-to choices for entertainment and information.

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This is the week of the Autumnal Equinox. From what I learned in school, the equinox means that as the sun passes the equator, the number of hours of daylight and night equal out.